Data Digest: 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8

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In this edition of Data Digest, we’ll be discussing the first all-new Volkswagen Golf generation in over eight years: the Mark 8.


Due to make its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September, der neue Golf will be merely an evolution of its predecessor, not an all-out revolution.

It’s expected to ride on a revised version of the current car’s MQB modular platform, set to be dubbed MQB Evo. It will tip in at up to 45kg lighter than the Mk7.5, and will boast a longer wheelbase for additional passenger and cargo space.

Visually, the evolutionary changes will continue, with revised styling elements. Uncamoflauged prototypes were spotted on their way to a filming location last week, with only some tape around the lights to obscure their shape.


Up front, the entire front fascia has been lowered (thanks to a lower bonnet), complemented by a thinner, enclosed version of the Mk7’s wide grille, ultra-slim LED headlights and updated lower intakes.

Around the side, the Mk8 wears sharper, bolder body lines, with a prominent C-pillar and a stylistic window line. Down the rear, there’s a pair of all-new LED taillights – the badge has been repositioned, and is expected to sit above a ‘GOLF’ badge spelled out across the hatch.


Inside, the cabin is set to undergo a shakeup. Volkswagen execs claim the interior is a ‘total digital environment’, with ‘the only analogue aspect [being the] steering wheel’. Expect the brand’s Visual Cockpit digital instrument cluster to come standard, while the Touareg’s 15-inch infotainment touchscreen should feature (with climate control functionality built in).

The powertrain range will consist of turbocharged three and four-cylinder engines, with outputs set to range from 85kW-140kW in petrol models and 85kW-110kW in diesel variants. Some engines are believed to come standard with mild-hybrid technology, while a number of conventional and plug-in hybrid options will become available down the line (including a new GTE). However, the German brand has confirmed there will be no new full-electric e-Golf variant, as filling that role will be the upcoming I.D. Neo hatch.

A base-model Mk8 spotted testing in Germany (credit: Auto Express)

As before, Volkswagen will performance variants of the new Golf in 2020. The GTI will return, still front-wheel-drive, and will be offered in two variants: a 173kW entry-level variant with a choice of manual and DSG auto gearboxes, and a top-spec 213kW/370Nm ‘Cup’ model with bolder aero, larger brakes, a limited-slip diff and 19-inch wheels.

The R will continue to take the helm as the flaghip Golf model. It will retain the familiar 2.0-litre turbo four, albeit producing 245kW and 400Nm (the same tune as the rumoured Arteon shooting-brake). Drive will be sent to all wheels through a seven-speed DSG, pemitting a 0-100km/h time in the low 4 second range. It will receive a number of visual upgrades, including unique bumpers, 20-inch wheels, big brakes, lowered adaptive dampers, an Akrapovic exhaust and black trim.

CAR Magazine’s rendfer of the Mk8 GTI.

The all-new Volkswagen Golf Mk8 is expected to debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September. Stay tuned for all the latest.



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